Remember when you were a kid, and you used to go round to a friend's house to see if they were playing? Well, as adults we're not supposed to do that. Which is a shame because Dave Gorman likes playing and he really likes games. So he knocked on the biggest door you could ever imagine—the internet—and asked 76,000 people if they fancied a game. This is the story of what happened next. Dave was up for anything and gamely played them at whatever they chose. He played some classics—Monopoly, Scrabble, dominoes and cribbage. He played many games he'd never heard of before—Khet, Kubb, Tikal or Smite anyone? He played board games and physical games. He's thrown sticks, balls, Frisbees and darts. He's rolled dice and he's drawn cards. From Liverpool to Hampstead and from Croydon to Nottingham, Dave travelled the length and breadth of Britain meeting strangers in strange places—their homes, at work, in the back rooms of pubs—and getting some hardcore game action. From casual players to serious game geeks, from the rank amateur to the world champion, he discovered a nation of gamers more than happy to welcome him into their midst. He's travelled all around the country and met all sorts of people. And it seems that playing games can teach you a lot about what makes the British tick. Of course, Dave hasn't been keeping score. Much.
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Dave Gorman is an award-winning comedian, storyteller, and writer. He has numerous TV writing credits and was part of the double BAFTA-winning team behind The Mrs. Merton Show. His live shows have won many awards and he is the only performer to twice win the Jury Prize for Best One Person Show at the prestigious HBO US Comedy Arts Festival. He's the host of Genius—which ran for three series on Radio 4 before making a successful transfer to BBC2. His numerous other TV appearances include Absolutely Fabulous, The Frank Skinner Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His documentary film, America Unchained, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Austin Film Festival. His ambition is to one day become a team captain on Call My Bluff.Review:
"Gorman's self-deprecating wit and irrational dedication to his quest make this a hilarious travelogue." —Booklist on Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure
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